Lapid: Closing Jewish Agency offices will impact ties with Russia

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Lapid: Closing Jewish Agency offices will impact ties with Russia
The decision follows the Russian Justice Ministry’s request on Thursday to shut down the agency’s activities. A court discussion is expected next week.
By ZVIKA KLEIN, LAHAV HARKOV
Published: JULY 23, 2022

The forced closure of the Jewish Agency’s offices in Russia will have a serious impact on Israel-Russia relations, Prime Minister Yair Lapid warned on Sunday. “Relations with Russia are important to Israel,” Lapid said, “[but] the Jewish community in Russia is large and important and comes up in every diplomatic discussion with the government in Moscow.”

Lapid’s remarks came after the Russian Justice Ministry took action against the agency, claiming it was illegally gathering information about Russian citizens. The Israeli organization, which coordinates efforts for Jews around the world to move to Israel, among other activities, has taken steps to move its Russian operations to Israel and online.

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